Joseph Earl Dodson

ORANGE, Virginia


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Joseph Earl Dodson

Joseph Earl Dodson, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2008, at the Dogwood Village of Orange.

He was born April 9, 1927, to Lacy O'delle and Ruby Brown Dodson in Culpeper. He was married 55 years to the late Susie Virginia Hopkins, who died in 2002.

Earl is survived by his daughter, Virginia Earle Dodson; his sons, Joseph Conway Dodson and Joel Edwin "Jeff" Foster; grandchildren, Tonya and Travis Foster, all of Orange; a sister, Ruby Dodson Simmons "Ditty" of South Haven, Kansas; and sisters-in-laws, Ruby B. Dodson of Orange, Shirley L. Dodson of Unionville, and Carol B. Dodson of Norwich, Connecticut.

Earl was a lifetime member of the Rapidan Volunteer Fire Department, a 25 year member of the Madison American Legion Post, a 55 year member of Orange V.F.W. Post #2217, and was "Santa Claus" for the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Home, many county parades and businesses for over 45 years.

A funeral service will be 11a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at the Preddy Funeral Home, Orange, with interment at Graham Cemetery. The Reverend Olin Herndon will officiate.

The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at the funeral home.

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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I know how hard it is for you guys to have lost both of your parents now. I have extremely fond memories of the two of them and I know many people will miss them. Try to remember the good times and not so much the time they were ill. I remember your mom as being the one in control all the time and your dad as never taking anything or anyone serious. They are together again and that has to give you both some comfort.My prayers are with you and God does know what is best.

deepest sympathy goes out to ned and va earl..always in my heart and prayers...just think mom and dad are with roger thats a hand full..god bless

Earl at Orange Nursing Home in 2008

Earl at Rapidan Va in 1979

U.S. NAVY in 1944

My sympathy goes out to the Dodson family , I remember Earl as a kind and funny man in my teen years as my foster Mother Mary Beahm would come and we would visit often , he was so jolly and nice to me always , and I always felt like I was family ,
Nothing but wonderful memories of him and his late wife Virginia also , God bless his soul ...and his family .
Stay strong !

Our deepest sympathy to you Va. Earl, Ned, and Jeff. Uncle Earl was a great person. I just wish we would of got back there more over the years. Do you guys remember when your dad dressed up in the middle of Oct so we could take a picture of Joey with Santa before we came back to kansas. Neighbors probably thought "What is Earl doing now!" Uncle Earl is already getting things all fixed up. got his sign hung up "Earl's Fix it Shop". Uncle Earl will be greatly missed.

I have many fond memories of "Susie" (Virginia) and Earl through Orange County Nursing Home. I worked with Virginia for many years and she was epitome of selfless service to others. Earl was quite the "jokester" and made all of us smile. The residents enjoyed Earl's "pickin' and grinnin'". What a couple.... and both are missed.

How I loved to hear Mr. Dodson entertain with Calvin and the rest of the guys. He was the only person that I know of that knew all of the words to the Two Name Girls old county song. He will surely be missed.